The Upper World:

How Did Neolithic People Relate to the Skies?

DATE

Wed 21 Aug 

TIME

8pm

LOCATION

Stonehenge 

SUITABLE FOR

Adults

Stonehenge is famous for its alignment on the movements of the winter and summer solstices. But there are many other Neolithic monuments in Britain and Ireland that also have astronomical orientations. This talk will describe three key horizons in the Neolithic period when people were building monuments with reference to the sky – chambered tombs on the Channel Islands in around 4000 - 3500 BC, chambered tombs in Ireland, North Wales and Orkney in around 3000 BC, and monuments in the Stonehenge landscape around 2500 BC. How are people likely to have perceived the sun, moon, stars and planets? Why were the solstices important? And what can the evidence tell us about changes through time, and connections between communities in the Neolithic?

This lecture, from Susan Greaney and Dr Heather Sebire, is part of our Celestial Stonehenge programme. It is free to attend but places must be reserved in advance. See details below.

How to book

This lecture is free to attend but places are limited and must be reserved by calling the Bookings Team (Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9am - 5pm) on 0370 333 1183. Telephone bookings will close at 3pm the day before the event.

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